[Marmam] Humpback Whale Research Internship in Hawaii

Adam A. Pack pack at hawaii.edu
Fri Aug 26 17:28:27 PDT 2005


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Field research with humpback whales in Maui, 
Hawaii. Interns will assist in the 30-year-long continuing research 
project by The Dolphin Institute (formerly Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal 
Laboratory) on the winter assembly of North Pacific humpback whales 
in Hawaii.  Dr. Adam Pack and Dr. Louis Herman are the principal 
co-investigators and Dr. Pack additionally acts as the field 
director.  Historically, our research has investigated a variety of 
topics including migratory destinations, inter-island movements, 
habitat preferences associated with different classes of whales, 
residency characteristics, competitive behavior, male escorting 
strategies, song and social sounds, body size and social roles, 
individual life histories, and much more.  References for recent TDI 
publications and reports on whales are listed below and others can be 
found on our website www.dolphin-institute.org.

During the winter/spring 2006 season we will focus on several issues: 
photo identification, underwater body size measurements of individual 
humpbacks, skin biopsy sampling in Maui waters through the SPLASH 
project, developing mitigation measures using shore-based surveys to 
help avoid ship/whale collisions, and possibly a second season of 
Crittercam deployment together with the National Geographic Society. 
The internship is full time and unpaid.  However, all research staff, 
including interns, are provided with room and board in Maui. Interns 
are responsible for their own transportation to Maui.  On-water 
research will be aboard our 18- and 21-foot outboard boats. 
Shore-based research will be from elevated platforms along the Maui 
coast using theodolites and laptop computers.  Interns will rotate 
between these two activities, as well as data processing at the field 
house.

The internship runs from approximately December 27, 2005 to May 31, 2006.
There are openings for several interns. 

Requirements: Senior standing in college or college graduate or 
beyond; experience in research, especially field research; excellent 
letters of recommendation, ability to live and work closely and 
harmoniously as part of a team.  Desirable qualifications: marine 
mammal experience, humpback whale research experience, boat driving 
experience, experience with computer programs such as Photoshop, 
FileMaker Pro, CoolEdit, MATLAB, digital photography experience, 
theodolite experience, GIS experience.

Send cover letter indicating why you are seeking this internship and 
why you feel you are qualified, complete resume, college transcripts, 
and three letters of recommendation.

Send applications or inquiries by email to Dr. Adam Pack at 
pack at hawaii.edu or by regular mail to The Dolphin Institute, 420 Ward 
Ave., Suite 212, Honolulu HI 96814 (Attention: Internship). 
Positions are open until filled, but early application is encouraged. 
For more information on The Dolphin Institute's research and 
education programs see www.dolphin-institute.org.

Mercado III, E., Herman, L. M., & Pack, A. A. (2005). Song copying by 
humpback whales:  Themes and variations.  Animal Cognition, 8, 93-102.

Pack, A. A., Potter, J. R., & Herman, L. M. (2004).  Determining 
source levels, sound fields, and body sizes of singing humpback 
whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Hawaiian winter grounds. 
Final technical report to the Office of Naval Research.  Arlington. 
Grant N00014-02-1-1058.

Goetschius, K. J. C., Herman, L. M., Pack, A. A., & Herman, E. Y. K. 
(2003).  Threats to humpback whales in Hawaiian waters.  Part D: 
Waste discharge from ships, threats and effects of pollution, oil 
spills. Report to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine 
Sanctuary. Honolulu.

Herman, L. M., Goetschius, K. J. C., & Herman, E. Y. K. (2003). 
Threats to humpback whales in Hawaiian waters. Part C: A summary of 
military activities in sanctuary waters, Shallow water training 
ranges. Report to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine 
Sanctuary. Honolulu.

Herman, L. M., Herman, E. Y. K., & Goetschius, K. J. C. (2003). 
Threats to humpback whales in Hawaiian waters.  Part B: Effects of 
ATOC, LFA, and Mid-Range Sonars. Report to the Hawaiian Islands 
Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Honolulu.

Herman, E. Y. K., Herman, L. M., & Goetschius, K. J. C. (2003). 
Threats to humpback whales in Hawaiian waters. Part A: Humpback 
exploitation, migration, abundance, social structure; vessels and 
vessel noise; vessel strikes.  Report to the Hawaiian Islands 
Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Honolulu. 

Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M. Gabriele, C. M. & Pack, A. A. (2003). 
Migratory timing of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the 
central North Pacific varies with age, sex and reproductive status. 
Behaviour, 140, 981-1001.

Mercado, E. III, Herman, L. M., & Pack, A. A. (2003).  Stereotypical 
sound patterns in humpback whale songs: usage and function. Aquatic 
Mammals, 29, 37-52.

Lammers, M. O., Pack, A. A., & Davis, L. (2003).  Historical evidence 
of whale/vessel collisions in Hawaiian waters (1975 - Present). 
Final technical report to the NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale 
National Marine Sanctuary. Honolulu.  25pp.

Spitz, S. S., Herman, L. M., Pack, A. A. & Deakos, M. H. (2002). The 
relation of body size of male humpback whales to their social roles 
on the Hawaiian winter grounds. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 80, 
1938-1947.

Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Craig, A. S., Spitz, S. S., & Deakos, M. 
H. (2002). P. extrusions by humpback whales (Megaptera 
novaeangliae).  Aquatic Mammals, 28, 131-146.

Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., & Pack, A. A. (2002).  Male mate choice 
and male-male competition coexist in the humpback whale (Megaptera 
novaeangliae).  Canadian Journal of Zoology, 80, 745-755.

Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., & Pack, A. A. (2001).  Estimating 
residence times of humpback whales in Hawaii.  Report to the Hawaiian 
Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Off of National 
Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Land and Natural 
Resources, State of Hawaii.
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